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  1. alelover

    Merry Christmas

    Hope everyone got what they wanted. Got a great present from my daughter.
  2. alelover

    9th Annual SMF NC Gathering, May 15, 16 and 17th 2020

    The date is set. Mark your calendars. May 15, 16 and 17th 2020. Check out the past 8 gatherings here. 1st Annual NC Gathering 2nd Annual NC Gathering 3rd Annual NC Gathering 4th Annual NC Gathering 5th Annual NC Gathering 6th Annual NC Gathering 7th Annual NC Gathering 8th Annual NC...
  3. alelover

    My Visit to Franklin BBQ

    Went down to Austin Texas Monday for work. Had to install some machines at a gun factory about 30 minutes north of there. Stopped by Franklin BBQ to check it out even though it was closed Mondays. After I got done early on Wednesday I was lucky enough to have time before my flight to go have...
  4. alelover

    8th Annual SMF NC Gathering, May 17, 18 and 19th 2019

    We'll be firing up the smokers, grills and the wood pile for another great weekend in the Carolinas. The last 7 have been really spectacular. So save that weekend for some good BBQ, good beer and good times. Check out the past 7 gatherings here. 1st Annual NC Gathering 2nd Annual NC Gathering...
  5. alelover

    7th Annual SMF Carolinas Smokers Gathering (May 18, 19 and 20, 2018)

    We'll be firing up the smokers for another great weekend in the Carolinas. The last 6 have been really awesome. So save that weekend for some good food, good beer and good times. We hope to see all our old friends and hopefully make some new ones too. Check out the past 6 gatherings here. 1st...
  6. alelover

    Pastronomy 101

    Found a day old sirloin tip roast on sale. Looked good so I decided it might make a decent pastrami. And for 6 bucks I couldn't resist. Pastrami #8 2.43 pound Sirloin Tip Roast Need .50 tsp of Cure #1 Brine Pump 1 C. Clean Water (such as spring water) ¼ tsp Cure #1 1 tsp Salt ½ TBS Brown...
  7. alelover

    6th Annual SMF Carolinas Smokers Gathering (May 19, 20 and 21, 2017) WITH PICS

    We'll be firing up the smokers for another great weekend in the Carolinas. The last 5 have been really great. So save that weekend for some good food, good beer and good times. We hope to see all our old friends and hopefully make some new ones too. Check out the past 4 gatherings here. 1st...
  8. alelover

    40 Tomato plants planted

    20 San Marzanos, 10 Romas and 10 cherry toms.
  9. alelover

    Making Bacon. 1st time

    What size bellies do you all get usually? How much per pound do you pay? I was at a store by my work, Compare Foods, and they have pork bellies for $2.49 a pound. They sell sliced chunks of it and whole ones. He says the average for a whole one is around 20 pounds. It looks like a good price...
  10. alelover

    5th Annual Carolinas Smokers Gathering May 13, 14 and 15 2016

    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/240785/5th-annual-carolinas-smokers-gathering-may-13-14-and-15-2016
  11. alelover

    Smokin' Super Bowl Feast for 5

    Pulled this baby out of the freezer. Superbowl Sunday making a Santa Ana Clara Tri Tip, Atomic Panther Turds, and some Hog Mollie Shotz. Atomic Panther Turds 1/2 Cream Cheese, 1/2 sharp white cheddar. Spices. I like to use a whole strip of bacon on each one. Homemade Smoked...
  12. alelover

    Making a Tri Tip. Who wants to tell me how?

    Pulled this baby out of the freezer. Superbowl Sunday making a Santa Ana Clara Tri Tip. Never made made one. Want some ideas. Hard to find these in NC. Thanks.
  13. alelover

    What do you call this?

  14. alelover

    5th Annual SMF Carolinas Smokers Gathering (May 13, 14 and 15, 2016) **PICS**

    Will be firing up the smokers for another great weekend in the Carolinas. The last 4 have been really great. So save that weekend for some good food, good beer and good times. We hope to see all our old friends and hopefully make some new ones too. Check out the past 4 gatherings here. 1st...
  15. alelover

    Alelover's Smokehouse Build from Mostly Free Stuff (Maiden Voyage)

    Got some machine parts in at work and they came in this nice wooden crate mounted on a pallet. I disassembled the crate and brought it home since the boss wanted it trashed. I added some cross pieces for something to mount my rails to.The cross pieces were from an earlier crate we scrapped...
  16. alelover

    Pretty Jerky Weekend

    LB was a BOGO at HT. Got 4 lbs. [if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:TargetScreenSize>800x600</o:TargetScreenSize> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif][if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves/> <w:TrackFormatting/>...
  17. alelover

    Making Some Pastrami

    Saw this Sirloin Tip at the Harris-Teeter and thought it may make a good pastrami. 2.8 pounds. Requires .56 tsp of Cure #1. Mixed up a rub. 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 tsp course ground coriander 1 tsp onion powder 1/3 tsp Cure #1 1 TBS Brown Sugar 1 TBS Salt ½ tsp Paprika 1 tsp...
  18. alelover

    4th Annual North Carolina Smokers Gathering (May 15, 16 and 17, 2015)

    Will be firing up the smokers for another great weekend in the Carolinas. The last 3 have been great. So save that weekend for some good food, good beer and good times. Check out the past 3 here. 1st Annual NC Gathering 2nd Annual NC Gathering 3rd Annual NC Gathering We will once again have...
  19. alelover

    Is this stuffer any good?

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-VIVO-Sausage-Stuffer-Vertical-Stainless-Steel-3L-7LB-5-7-Pound-Meat-Filler-/361076648664 It has steel gears and looks like a pretty good deal.
  20. alelover

    Pecan Smoked Brined Pork Loin

    Smoked a Pork Loin at the NC Smokers Gathering and it was so good I thought I'd try another, but brine it this time. Brined it for 24 hours with this: 2 qt. Water ½ tsp. Rosemary ½ Cup Salt ½ Cup Brown sugar ¼ tsp Thyme 1 tsp Black Pepper ½ Cup Apple juice ¼ Cup Maple syrup Brined for...
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